Here are the season previews for all WVC and LFC teams for 2021 presented by Mansfield University.

Lackawanna Football Conference Division IV (Click team name for season previews)

Old Forge and Lackawanna Trail have dominated this division over the past decade and that shoudn’t change in 2021. The Blue Devils are the defending champions and are a state contender this season. Trail will be the ones chasing them as they try to get the division crow back. Old Forge has the advantage with a more experienced offensive line, but the teams regular season finale against each other should be a good one. Susquehanna is going to change up their offense and although they lost some key players, there is talent on the roster. Holy Cross didn’t have seniors on the team last year so even though the Crusaders were winless, that experience should help. Montrose has small roster numbers but the players that are coming back have some talent.

Predicted Finish (NPF Consensus)

1. Old Forge

2. Lackawanna Trail

3. Susquehanna

4. Holy Cross

5. Montrose

Wyoming Valley Conference Division 3A (Click team name for season previews)

There is a clear favorite in the division for 2021 based on returning players and pedigree of the program. Wyoming Area has a core that should allow them to try to get back the district title. The quarterback play will be the key for the Warriors. Lake-Lehman should be the biggest challenger. This is based on the strength of the program in recent years as the Black Knights were hit hard by graduation and will have to have some inexperienced players make strides quickly. Nanticoke is very young, but has talent. The offensive line is the key to their success. Hanover Area is trying to bounce back from a winless season while Holy Redeemer is going to fight numbers with only 20 players on the roster.

Predicted Finish (NPF Consensus)

1. Wyoming Area

2. Lake-Lehman

3. Nanticoke

4. Hanover Area

5. Holy Redeemer

Lackawanna Football Conference Division III (Click team name for season previews)

LFC Division III might be the most wide open of all the division races in District 2. Lakeland is the defending champion and brings enough players, who were key to last year’s success, back for 2021. Dunmore and Mid Valley will be the main challengers. The Bucks want to get their division crown back and continue their district title streak while the Spartans have the most significant amount of starters returning including quarterback and running back. Riverside will need young players to step up quickly as they were hit hard by graduation and Carbondale Area didn’t play last year so it might take them awhile for the players, especially the new ones, to get up to speed.

Predicted Finish (NPF Consensus)

1. Lakeland

2. Dunmore

3. Mid Valley

4. Riverside

5. Carbondale Area

Wyoming Valley Conference Division 4A (Click team name for season previews)

Crestwood is the favorite to win the WVC Class 4A division on the strength of a strong offensive line and a championship pedigree from the 2020 season that inluded divsion and district titles. The Comets plays some challening games outside the conference so the task to repeat won’t be easy. Dallas brings back an experienced line as well and will have a strong front seven on defense. Berwick hopes changes in the backfield will help the Dawgs improve an offense that has struggled in recent season. Tunkhannock will be fun to watch with their spread offense and they also have experience on the offensive line. Pittston Area needs to improve on both side of the ball in order to be competitive this season.

1. Crestwood

2. Dallas

3. Berwick

4. Tunkhannock

5. Pittston Area

Lackawanna Football Conference Division II (Click team name for season previews)

Last season, there was a three-way tie for the division championship. Valley View beat Scranton Prep. Prep beat Western Wayne. And Western Wayne defeated Valley View. Don’t be surprised if we don’t see something similar this season. All three of those teams have at least four offensive linemen returning. The Cougars get the edge as they play the other two teams at home and also have their quarterback back. The Cavaliers are next as they have had the edge head-to-head over the Wildcats the past several seasons. Honesdale is the darkhorse with a strong running game and West Scranton will have plenty of new faces as they try to rebuild the program with a new coaching staff.

Predicted Finish (NPF Consensus)

1. Valley View

2. Scranton Prep

3. Western Wayne

4. Honesdale

5. West Scranton

Wyoming Valley Conference Division 6A/5A (Click team name for season previews)

The WVC goes back to three divisions after COVID-19 pushed them to combine for two divisions in 2020. The biggest schools all have a chance to be .500 or better teams, but Williamsport stands above the rest. The Millionaires bring back almost the entire offense and defense. With a deep roster, they should be able to keep players fresh and plug in capable players if injuries become an issue. Wyoming Valley West and Hazleton Area should be the biggest challengers. The Spartans bring back their entire offensive line but will need some new skill players to step up to the challenge of being playmakers. Thc Cougars are the exact opposite with a great group of skill players and a rebuilt offensive line. Both teams will field new quarterbacks under center. Wilkes-Barre had to replace a good group of seniors and will be inexperienced to start, but should be more competitive as the season progresses.

Predicted Finish (NPF Consensus)

1. Williamsport

2. Wyoming Valley West

3. Hazleton Area

4. Wilkes-Barre

Lackawanna Football Conference Division I (Click team name for season previews)

Despite losing some Division I college players, Delaware Valley is favored to defend their LFC Division I title. The Warriors are strong up front while bringing back some skill players that got experience last season that set them up to take on bigger roles on both sides of the ball. Wallenpaupack and North Pocono are the biggest challengers as they both bring back very good playmakers, but have question in the trenches. Scranton is the sleeper with a big offensive line and a talented group of skill players that couldn’t stay healthy last year. Abington Heights is very inexperienced after taking of the 2020 season, but the Comets are very well coached and should make strides at they play games.

Predicted Finish (NPF Consensus)

1. Delaware Valley 

2. Wallenpaupack 

3. North Pocono

4. Scranton

5. Abington Heights